Israel freezes funds it says aid attackers’ families


Israel’s Security Cabinet on Sunday froze practically USD 200 million in tax transfers to the Palestinians that it mentioned represented the amount of cash the Palestinians transferred to the families of alleged attackers final yr.

Under interim peace agreements, Israel collects a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in taxes for the internationally recognised Palestinian Authority. The tax transfers are a key supply of funding for the cash-strapped Palestinians.

Israel has lengthy objected to the Palestinian “martyrs fund,” which gives stipends to hundreds of families which have had relations killed, wounded or imprisoned within the battle with Israel.

The Palestinians say the funds are a kind of welfare system meant to help families affected by the battle. But Israel says such funds function rewards and incentives for violence.

In its determination, the Security Cabinet authorised a suggestion by Defense Minister Benny Gantz to freeze some 597 million shekels — or roughly USD 180 million — for what it referred to as “indirect support of terrorism” in 2020. It mentioned the funds might be frozen on a month-to-month foundation out of funds that Israel transfers to the Palestinians.

For the Palestinians, the families of attackers are extensively seen as victims of a half century of Israeli occupation. The Palestinians say that many Palestinians are unfairly held by Israel and that the variety of prisoners concerned in lethal assaults is a small share of these aided by the fund.

Qadri Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian fee for detainees’ affairs, accused Israel of stealing Palestinians funds, calling the choice a “crime and piracy.”

The official Palestinian information company Wafa mentioned that President Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone Sunday with Israel’s new president, Isaac Herzog.

It mentioned Abbas referred to as for a “comprehensive calm” in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem, and referred to as for steps that will create circumstances for a “achieving a just and comprehensive peace.”

The assertion made no point out of the frozen tax transfers.


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